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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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01/23
Diaper compound may expand power of microscopes
NIH-funded study may change the way scientists photograph large tissues.…
01/22
Reminders Related to the NIH/AHRQ Policy for Application Submission
Notice NOT-OD-15-059 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
01/22
Reminder to AHRQ Grantees that FY2010 Funds will Expire on September 30, 2015
Notice NOT-HS-15-004 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
01/21
Innovations in Measuring and Managing Addiction Treatment Quality Challenge Prize Competition
Notice NOT-DA-15-040 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
01/21
Salary Limitation on FY 2015 AHRQ Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts
Notice NOT-HS-15-003 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
01/20
Brain recalls old memories via new pathways
Shift in fear retrieval circuitry eyed in anxiety disorders ? NIH-funded studies.…
01/20
NIH researchers tackle thorny side of gene therapy
Pre-clinical studies in mice reveal ways to reduce cancer risk with modified treatment.…
01/16
NIH study reveals many Americans at risk for alcohol-medication interactions
Nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink also report using medications known to interact with alco…
01/12
Panel cites need for individualized, patient-centered approach to treat and monitor chronic pain
Panel concerned about long-term effectiveness of treating chronic pain with prescription opioids.…
01/07
NIH teams with industry to develop treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease
Lysosomal storage diseases comprise about 50 rare inherited disorders that usually affect children.…
01/06
Early blood glucose control lengthens life in people with type 1 diabetes
By tightly controlling their blood glucose, people with type 1 diabetes can live longer.…
01/05
Linda Siminerio to chair National Diabetes Education Program
NDEP is a joint program of NIH, CDC and Prevention magazine.…
01/05
NIH grants aim to decipher the language of gene regulation
Researchers will study gene networks and pathways in different systems in the body, such as skin, im…
12/30
Seeking single cells' secrets
NIH awards nearly $8 million in new grants.…
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01/24
Genetic links found to size of brain structures
… researchers analysed genetic data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from…
01/23
Diaper compound may expand power of microscopes
A study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed that a modified form of the s…
01/23
Live broadcast from inside the nerve cell
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's are caused by defect and aggregated prote…
01/23
Dragnet for epilepsy genes
An international team of scientists together with the University of Bonn Hospital have taken a new p…
01/23
Lucid Dreams and Metacognition
According to new research, the brain area which enables self reflection is larger in those who have …
01/23
Researchers discover genetic links to size of brain structures Georgia State University
… researchers analyzed genetic data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from…
01/23
Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization
Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are ch…
01/23
Researchers Discover Five Genetic Variants Influencing The Size Of Human Brain Structures
… researchers analyzed genetic data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from…
01/23
People with autism show 'unique brain patterns', say scientists who believe discovery may help earlier diagnosis
… analysed data obtained from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies conducted…
01/23
People with autism show 'unique brain patterns', say scientists
… analysed data obtained from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies conducted…
01/22
Clues to obesity offered by new signaling pathway
A Vanderbilt University-led research team has discovered a molecular "rheostat" in the brain's appet…
01/22
Shedding light on genetic mutations in autism disorders
Recent research has linked autism with a lack of "pruning" in developing brain connections, but a ne…
01/22
UCLA Transportation wins state?s top environmental award
UCLA Transportation?s focus on alternative transportation and success in reducing traffic and emissi…
01/22
The ups and downs of the seemingly idle brain
Even in its quietest moments, the brain is never "off." Instead, while under anesthesia, during slow…
01/22
You are what you eat -- How gut bacteria affect brain health
The hundred trillion bacteria living in an adult human --mostly in the intestines, making up the gut…
01/22
Study shows Brazil's Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon
In a new study to evaluate the Brazilian Soy Moratorium published today in Science, the University o…
01/22
Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells
Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease, or PMD, is a devastating neurological condition that, in its most seve…
01/22
New UCLA research suggests walnuts may improve memory
Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, conc…
01/22
Why should adolescents with psychological symptoms be asked about hallucinations?
Visual distortions and hallucinations related to an elevated risk of psychosis are linked to self-de…
01/21
Young adults' brain function may be boosted by exercise
Exercise sharpens young adults' brains by increasing oxygen to the frontal brain says new research s…
01/21
Recoded organisms engineered to depend on synthetic amino acids
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are increasingly used in research and industrial systems to pr…
01/21
Biocontainment of genetically modified organisms by synthetic protein design
Essential enzymes in genetically modified organisms are computationally redesigned to functionally d…
01/21
Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures
The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences. Subcortica…
01/21
Emotional learning selectively and retroactively strengthens memories for related events
Neurobiological models of long-term memory propose a mechanism by which initially weak memories are …
01/20
New Study Is First To Show That Nearly One In Five Adult Epilepsy Patients Have Adhd Symptoms
Dr. Ettinger Sees Strong Implications for Quality of Life, Mood, Anxiety and Functioning …
01/19
Growth and host interaction of mouse segmented filamentous bacteria in vitro
The gut microbiota plays a crucial role in the maturation of the intestinal mucosal immune system of…
01/19
The paraventricular thalamus controls a central amygdala fear circuit
Appropriate responses to an imminent threat brace us for adversities. The ability to sense and predi…
01/19
Distinct relationships of parietal and prefrontal cortices to evidence accumulation
Gradual accumulation of evidence is thought to be fundamental for decision-making, and its neural co…
01/19
A temporal shift in the circuits mediating retrieval of fear memory
Fear memories allow animals to avoid danger, thereby increasing their chances of survival. Fear memo…
01/19
G-protein-independent coupling of MC4R to Kir7.1 in hypothalamic neurons
The regulated release of anorexigenic ?-melanocyte stimulating hormone (?-MSH) and orexigenic Agouti…
01/14
RBM3 mediates structural plasticity and protective effects of cooling in neurodegeneration
In the healthy adult brain synapses are continuously remodelled through a process of elimination and…
01/14
Neurodegeneration: Cold shock protects the brain
A protein released during hypothermia has been found to affect the progression of neurodegenerative …
01/12
Recognition determinants of broadly neutralizing human antibodies against dengue viruses
Dengue disease is caused by four different flavivirus serotypes, which infect 390 million people yea…
01/12
Osteichthyan-like cranial conditions in an Early Devonian stem gnathostome
The phylogeny of Silurian and Devonian (443?358 million years (Myr) ago) fishes remains the foremost…
01/07
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01/07
Optogenetic control of organelle transport and positioning
Proper positioning of organelles by cytoskeleton-based motor proteins underlies cellular events such…
01/05
Commensal?dendritic-cell interaction specifies a unique protective skin immune signature
The skin represents the primary interface between the host and the environment. This organ is also h…
01/05
Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function
Hox genes regulate regionalization of the axial skeleton in vertebrates, and changes in their expres…
01/01
Electrocortical evidence of increased post-reappraisal neural reactivity and its link to depressive symptoms
Few studies have examined whether effortful emotion regulation has a protracted impact on subsequen…
01/01
Dopamine, urges to smoke, and the relative salience of drug versus non-drug reward
When addicted individuals are exposed to drug-related stimuli, dopamine release is thought to media…
01/01
Trait impulsivity is related to ventral ACC and amygdala activity during primary reward anticipation
Trait impulsivity is characterized by behavioral disinhibition and rash decision-making that contri…
01/01
Short-term meditation modulates brain activity of insight evoked with solution cue
Meditation has been shown to improve creativity in some situation. However, little is known about t…
01/01
Effects of reward sensitivity and regional brain volumes on substance use initiation in adolescence
This longitudinal study examines associations between baseline individual differences and developme…
01/01
Shifting brain asymmetry: the link between meditation and structural lateralization
Previous studies have revealed an increased fractional anisotropy and greater thickness in the ante…
01/01
Regional gray matter volume and anxiety-related traits interact to predict somatic complaints in a non-clinical sample
Somatic complaints can be important features of an individual’s expression of anxiety. Anxiet…
01/01
A meta-analysis of the anterior cingulate contribution to social pain
Many functional magnetic resonance imaging studies have explored the neural correlates of social pa…
01/01
The neural bases of uninstructed negative emotion modulation
Although numerous neuroimaging studies have examined what happens when individuals are instructed t…
01/01
Increased attention and memory for beloved-related information during infatuation: behavioral and electrophysiological data
Emotionally salient information is well attended and remembered. It has been shown that infatuated …
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At left: Electronic Chip Interacting with the Brain

Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement. Their most recent study, would be reported in the Nov. 2, 2006, edition of Nature, showed such a device can induce brain changes in monkeys lasting more than a week. Strengthening of weak connections through this mechanism may have potential in the rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries, stroke, or paralysis.The authors of study, titled "Long-Term Motor Cortex Plasticity Induced by an Electronic Neural Implant," were Dr. Andrew Jackson, senior research fellow in physiology and biophysics, Dr. Jaideep Mavoori, who recently earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the UW, and Dr. Eberhard Fetz, professor of physiology and biophysics. For a number of years Fetz and colleagues have studied how the brains of monkeys control their limb muscles.When awake, the brain continuously governs the body's voluntary movements. This is largely done through the activity of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the motor cortex. These nerve cells, or neurons, send signals down to the spinal cord to control the contraction of certain muscles, like those in the arms and legs.
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